Friends Annual General Meeting – Saturday 17th October

You are invited to join us for tea or coffee and biscuits at our Annual General Meeting in the library at County Upper School. Hear all about what we have been up to in 2014/15 and our plans for the coming year. Have your say in what we do to support our children’s musical activities and bring them new opportunities. The meeting will start at 10:30, but tea and coffee will be available beforehand.

The Friends’ Committee

New Committee Members Needed!

Three of our current members are leaving & we need replacements to continue operating.

What does the Committee do?
Supports the operation of the County Music Service by:
  • Providing support at concerts
  • Fund raising to arrange events (such as the Anna Mudeka workshop last year)
‘Oh No! Another committee…’
Tasks & responsibilities primarily limited to the concerts at which your children will perform:
  • Arranging refreshments (transporting & serving)
  • Helping arrange chairs & collect tickets on the door
  • One or two short committee meetings a term
If you are interested in supporting this wonderful opportunity for our children to make music, please attend the AGM on 17 October to find out more.


Two newsletters were issued this weekend. SYM West Newsletter Sep 2015, covering the activities of the area ensembles (West Suffolk Youth Orchestra, West Suffolk Youth Wind Band, West Suffolk Youth Jazz Orchestra and West Suffolk Youth Big Band) and BCMS Newsletter Sep 2015, covering the activities of the Saturday ensembles.

Please note that these are the last newsletters that will be printed and handed out. In future information will be provided via the Suffolk Music Hub Website , although you can continue to catch local news here.

Hosting Problems

Apologies to all who have been trying to access the site since last Saturday. Our hosting provider has had problems and ours was one of the sites affected. The site was down last weekend and restored on Sunday but they still had problems so it has been moved to a new machine. Unfortunately this involved restoring the site to last Friday’s backup. I think I’ve now completed redoing all this week’s updates, but let me know if you find anything incorrect, out of date or not working.

Tables for Tuckshop

There has been a change to the Saturday Morning Instructions… Unfortunately the school has now got rid of the folding tables we have used in the past. You will need to collect a couple of tables from the Music Classroom (which is not used between 9 and 10 or 11 and 12), and return them when you pack up. Please note also that the Treasurer will now be cashing up on Fridays not Saturdays, so when you pack up please return the red cash box to Mr. Carlsen.

Saturday Morning Sessions

There is a revised timetable for Saturday Mornings…

Mr N. Carlson

Mrs S. Wakeman

Mr M. Tatt

Mr M. Waters

09.00 Cygnet Strings

Large Hall

Drama Room

Recital Room
10.00 Senior Strings

Large Hall

Music Classroom
Junior Band

Drama Room
Senior Wind

Recital Room
11.00 Junior Strings

Recital Room
5-Note Band

Drama Room

Large Hall
For more details see our Weekly Sessions page.

Strings Playing Day

The Suffolk County Music Service are inviting all string players to attend their Strings Playing Day on Sunday 20 September 2015 at Northgate Arts Centre, Ipswich. The day is organised as part of a planned programme of activities in partnership with Suffolk County Music Service (SCMS), the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), Orchestras Live, the Northgate Foundation and Ipswich Regent Theatre. This invitation is open to:
  • all string players who have been playing for at least 2 years and who have achieved at least grade 2 or equivalent standard;
  • string players who live in Suffolk or attend a state-funded school/college in Suffolk (local authority maintained, academy or free);
  • players who are a current member of the CMS’ Suffolk Youth Music programme of activities.
More details…

New Music School Year

The new school year will begin shortly. Draft tuckshop rotas have been published here (password required) and the Calendar and Coming Events updated. If you are expecting to be on the rota and haven’t had an email, please let me know… email John. As always, with people moving on at the end of the school year, we are in need of a few more volunteers to ensure we can continue to run the tuckshop on a Friday evening and Saturday morning every week. If you would like to join us please contact us via the Tuckshop Volunteer Form.